McMaster-Carr
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www.mcmaster.com Elmhurst, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jan 20, 2014
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Warehouse Specialist
Aurora, OH

I applied through other source and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at McMaster-Carr in September 2010.

Interview Details – Interviewed with four people for 30 minutes each. A variety of managers from different areas of the warehouse. The interview was relaxing for the most part. Found it interesting that McMaster stays under the radar for the most part, doesn't advertise, etc, but then walks everyone through the warehouse and shows them the operation, even if they may not be hired!

Interview Question – Nothing comes to mind.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate, as I was anxious to get away from my previous employer.

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McMaster-Carr.

Interview Details – I was first contacted when a recruiter found my resume on monster.com. A phone interview was scheduled and our talk was about 15 minutes long. The interviewer basically asked me about everything on my resume; from my different jobs to my degrees.

Interview Question – There weren't really any "hard" questions.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Atlanta, GA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McMaster-Carr in October 2013.

Interview Details – I was initially contacted by phone and left a voicemail about an opportunity with the company. Once I called back, I spoke with a representative who informed me that I was found through an online search. I was asked if I was interested and I obliged. More information was sent to me through email.

I agreed to have a phone interview within the next couple of days. I took that time to familiarize myself with the company. The phone interview was somewhat dull. I could tell that the interviewer was flatly reading from guideline questions. They mainly focused on what my current job consisted of and my future plans. I was thrown for a loop with situational questions asking how I dealt with my employees when conflicts arose. Many of the questions circled around this.

I was asked in for an in-person interview the next week. The office was located in an industrial area with not much else for miles around. There were others also waiting on an interview but for what positions I do not know. When my time came after filling out paperwork, I was ushered by the same interviewer I had spoke with on the phone and accompanied by another tenured employee. I could not tell whether he was shadowing or merely interested. I was given a tour of the office. In the front were cubicles filled with many people. Most seemed busy and were very quiet.

I was placed in a room and was asked the same questions I answered on the phone. From there we went to the back part of the building where the heavy work was done. Here the unloading, stocking and packing and shipping was done. I have to say, it was impressive in its setup, yet was not what I expected. The jobs I saw employees completing boiled down to taking products out of boxes, putting things on shelfs and putting them in boxes. It felt a very wash rinse and repeat operation. All the while, the interviewer tried to impress me with facts about how fast everything was repeated.

Afterwards, I was asked to complete a series of tests, essentially finding products on shelves and marking their location. Once this was completed, I was taken back to the interview room and asked if I had any remarks or other questions. I was told I would be contacted within the week.

I received a letter in the mail informing that they were looking in another direction for employment.

In conclusion, my background skills had me feeling over-qualified to put things in and out of boxes. I felt I was more suited for one of the management training positions I had seen posted online. When I asked about growth within the company, I was not given an answer. Further, when I asked about applying for other positions, I was told that this was the only one I would be given. Apparently the pay is good but pay alone was not enough for me to want to put my heart into wanting to work here.

Interview Question – I was asked often about my managerial experience and how I dealt with problems. In addition, I was asked relentlessly about my plans with my start-up business.   Answer Question

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Warehouse Distribution Specialist

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Interview Details – Email, Phone Interview, On-site Interview

Interview Question – Give me a situation where you disagreed with a supervisor?   Answer Question

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Warehouse Distribution Specialist
Miami, FL

I applied through a staffing agency - interviewed at McMaster-Carr in September 2011.

Interview Details – Over the phone then in person

Interview Question – All questions pertain to work history   Answer Question

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Warehouse Distribution Specialist
Atlanta, GA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at McMaster-Carr in December 2011.

Interview Details – Applied online, contacted by HR to schedule a phone interview. Following the phone interview I was asked to come on site for an interview.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a co-worker?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Got offered what I asked for, no negotiation.

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Warehouse Distribution Specialist
Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McMaster-Carr in April 2013.

Interview Details – I applied about 2-3weeks ago I can't remember. A recruiter contacted me through email, I told them I thought the job would be too far and they asked how much I would like to make to compensate the gas. I thought that was odd but I went with it. I was contacted by another recruiter for a phone interview, I guess I must of passed it if they offered me a 1:1 at their site. I met with 3 supervisors/managers all very detail oriented and friendly. I prepared for the interview which I suggest you do. Research their company and know a little of they do before showing up. Just be yourself and dont leave any question unanswered. Positive attitude and willingness to want to work. They offer awesome pay and benefits package, they ask a lot from you but they pay you great. That same position elsewhere you'd be getting paid minimum wage. I liked the overall environment, I had my interview today and it was Great. Regardless if I get or dont get an offer of employment it was a pleasant learning experience.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 days - interviewed at McMaster-Carr in February 2013.

Interview Details – I felt like I was led on. Some recruiter randomly called me from a company I've never heard about, which should have been a big RED FLAG ALERT! ...or at least a sign for concern. The recruiter then gave me a 15min phone interview and scheduled me for an in person interview. I was never told what position they had in mind for me or any kind of description about the position RED FLAG #2!! The recruiter also mentioned if I was OK with NOT ADVANCING OR PURSUING A MANAGEMENT CAREER because basically there is no room for advancing...RED FLAG #3!! However, the recruiter did assure me that they offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits compared to my previous employers. So I agreed and continued with the process despite having my doubts (the 3 red flags I Ignored).

After they lured me into their trap with that phone interview, I did some research on McMaster-Carr and read all those very negative, similar, and repetitive reviews and I STILL DECIDED TO GO TO THAT INTERVIEW!!!

The interview was normal, I interviewed with the hiring manager and possible future boss and he liked everything I had to say and I liked everything he had to say.... And then ONCE AGAIN!, the manager mentioned the whole thing about NOT ADVANCING OR MOVING UP...RED FLAG #4!!!! So I kept hitting road blocks with that and I just to shake them off and lie to them and tell them that I was aware of it and I was willing to put it on hold for an opportunity with McMaster-Carr. Yeah right, who in their right mind with a college degree doesn't want to advance!? However, the hiring manager loved my 14 year experience and kept telling me I was a great fit and with my experience he could fit me into many of his departments and that he was ready to have me work for him. So it seemed I had it nailed and he just needed to make his offer and we were done. Then he asked me if I had time to stick around and talk to someone else who was going to ask me the same repetitive questions that i was being asked since the phone interview.

Next, I interviewed with whom I believe to be the HR manager and of course she started asking me the same questions that the hiring manager asked me which were the same questions the recruiter asked me. By this time I was like... just make your offer, give me the job, and stop stalling. And then...of course!!! she pops the same question about NOT ADVANCING OR PURSUING A MANAGEMENT CAREER!!! By this time I was like forget the red flags I should have never come here and after that all I heard was blah blah blah. When the HR manager asked that question again I knew where this interview was going and what were their intentions since the moment the recruiter contacted me. SO WHY CALL ME?? WHY INTERVIEW ME???? The entire process was a waste of time since they knew what they were going to do with me before they started the process. I was used to fill their senseless job pool of candidates. Most likely I was used to help their managers gain experience in the hiring process. THAT'S JUST WRONG!

A week later I received their rejection letter in the mail. The letter finally stated the name of the position they had in mind for me since they never mentioned it. They also thanked me for my interest in McMaster-Carr... wait a minute....they called me at my house, my cell, talked to my sister and sent me an e-mail.....THE INTEREST WAS THEIRS!!! All I did was follow up on a job offer.

I don't pretend to be an expert on hiring candidates or a management expert, but; I feel like their hiring process and tactics were misleading.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at McMaster-Carr.

Interview Details – Someone texts you and then you phone interview. Then I was offered an interview on site. It was with three people and long. Very friendly people. I think my desire for career grow really limited my chances here so my suggestion would be to hide that somehow. The good thing is you get to practice interviewing a few times. I do not expect an offer as I didn't take it too seriously. The benefits are amazing. Once you get the tour, you'll get a feeling of what it's like. They don't hide what's it like. If you don't get an offer, it's a blessing in disguise. You will see once you go there but I recommend going to see. It could be a fit for some but I would think it's not a fit for most. If you just want a job, then definitely go.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Elmhurst, IL

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at McMaster-Carr in November 2011.

Interview Details – I applied for a warehouse position, but after reviewing my qualifications, asked if I would be interested in either customer service or product research. The interview went well with most discussion focused on the positions the interviewer suggested. I did not receive an offer.

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